Help us grow an inclusive community learning garden center in The Alisal, anchored in local interests, ideas, and needs! Join us as we plant seeds growing the garden and our community. The Natividad Creek Park Community Garden will nurture connections, creativity, and a range of garden and biology learning drawing upon ancestral knowledge, existing community science knowledge, and new sustainable science innovation.
In a community surrounded by commercial agriculture, but with few safe green spaces for collaborative multigenerational accessible gardening, the Natividad Creek Park Community Garden aims to be a place that serves unmet needs and a place that can inspire imaging the future of agriculture.
1- Expand Programming for residents and youth on nutrition, organic gardening, composting, water and soil conservation, native plant habitats, eco-literacy, environmental stewardship, and STEM subjects. We will work in collaboration with local schools, colleges, libraries, and other non-profit and grassroots organizations in the area to increase programming for the community.
2- Grow fresh organic food and flowers as part of a demonstration garden to teach and learn with and from the community.
3- Provide ten youth and their families the opportunity to grow their own food in the garden by giving each youth their own garden box for the whole season (until November).
4- Create a formal part-time position for the garden coordinator (10 hours per week/year-round) Leticia Hernandez, founder of the garden would fill this role and coordinate the programming and operation of the garden.
5- Create connections and expand community science conversations by engaging with biology researchers and expanding science conversations with indigenous and cultural knowledge.
6- Create a safe, clean, and inclusive space for community interactions and fun across all ages, cultures, and incomes.
7- Outdoor Classroom - Provide a learning space for teachers, organizations, and the community to utilize safely for outdoor classes and workshops. Donated tree stumps will be repurposed to create the outdoor classroom.
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